Posted On: 06/11/22 1:03 AM

Some of the best competitors come out to showcase their abilities and how much they love the game this weekend. Some on school teams, some on club teams, these 5 players stood out with their competitiveness and abilities to lead their teams.

Isaiah Atwater Isaiah Atwater 5'8" | PG Maize South | 2023 State KS (KS Players)- One of the most elusive guards in this tournament, has the the speed to blow by anyone at any given moment. Loves to get the outlet pass off the rebound and get downhill to finish in transition. Guarding Atwater can be very tough because of his smooth stroke and his ability to finish right at the rim. You would think as a defender its an easy block but he has springs in his legs that throws you off guard and makes you second guess jumping with him. Known for his shooting ability and tight handle, he catches the defense off guard a lot of times and hit them with the pull up jumper. Isaiah plays both ends of the floor, on the defensive end he is looking to guard the best player full court causing havoc for the opposing team.

Isaiah Atwater Isaiah Atwater 5'8" | PG Maize South | 2023 State KS (KS Players)- One of the most elusive guards in this tournament, has the the speed to blow by anyone at any given moment. Loves to get the outlet pass off the rebound and get downhill to finish in transition. Guarding Atwater can be very tough because of his smooth stroke and his ability to finish right at the rim. You would think as a defender its an easy block but he has springs in his legs that throws you off guard and makes you second guess jumping with him. Known for his shooting ability and tight handle, he catches the defense off guard a lot of times and hit them with the pull up jumper. Isaiah plays both ends of the floor, on the defensive end he is looking to guard the best player full court causing havoc for the opposing team. Nathan Wegeng Nathan Wegeng 5'11" | PG Kapaun Mt. Carmel | 2023 KS (KS Select)- Nathan has that slashing game that you love to see but don’t see it too often. has great off ball movement that frees him up for easy buckets at the rim. Wegeng has shown on numerous times that he will make the floater in the paint when he sees the help side defender under the rim. Nathan shoots a high percentage at the free throw line and looks to get to the charity strike consistently. He doesn’t get every call but he puts pressure on refs to call it for him because of his ability to be relentless at going to the paint and playing strong.  Max Keller (KS Select)- Max is active on the rebounds especially the offensive glass giving his team another chance to score. Keller has shown the ability to beat people off the bounce and splits the defense when they send the help side defense. What seems hard and overly coached about driving the gap when teams go zone, Max makes it look easy and eliminates that part of coaching by getting to the teeth of the defense. Finishes well around the rim, does a good job of avoiding the charges and using the rim to his protection around shot blockers.  Jameer Clemons (KS Players)- One of the best defenders you will see in the state of Kansas. Jameer can guard on ball or off ball in any given situation. What was most impressive by Clemons in the day 1 tournament was his ability to jump straight up and wall up with the offensive players without fouling. You often see players jump straight up and swipe down but his maturity and patience allowed him to get a few more stops for his players team. He has hit catch and shoot 3 pointers when his team needed them the most, without any hesitation and a smooth form. His strongest suit might be getting to the rim with how athletic he is, makes it tough to keep him in front.  Terrell King (Hutch Salthawks)- The guard playing up in the 11th/12th grade division with his school salthakws team brings his competitive nature no matter the game he plays in and it rubs off to his teammates. King, the multi sport athlete stud, has athleticism and a strong frame like you’ve never seen. He uses his explosiveness to get to the rim and finish amongst the trees on a nightly basis. King loves to finish off of 2 feet and uses his jump stop and ball fake to perfection getting multiple defenders to jump in the air leaving him room to finish at the rim. Terrell has shown he can hit the 3, once he gets that consistently there won’t be much you can do with him. He thrives on the defensive end and gets going by picking up the best player full court. Doesn’t get rattled and he often times get into other players head causing them to be distracted. 

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